Spartans (-3.5, 56)
The biggest game of the year in the Big Ten is set to take
place Saturday night when No. 6 Michigan State hosts No. 11
Ohio State, putting the winner on course for a berth in the Big
Ten Championship game. The Buckeyes have won 20 consecutive
regular-season conference games and the Spartans 13, but
Michigan State still holds bragging rights thanks to its 34-24
win against Ohio State in last season’s Big Ten title game. The
victory erased a nation-leading 24-game winning streak by the
Rain and temperatures in the low 40s are forecasted for
Saturday night in East Lansing and if that holds true, the team
with the better ground game could have the edge. Michigan State
is led by running back Jeremy Langford, who has rushed for 841
yards and 10 touchdowns and comes in with five straight
100-yard rushing efforts. Ohio State is sturdy against the run,
however, allowing 118.6 rushing yards per game – 18th in the
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE:
Michigan State -3.5
LINE HISTORY: The line opened at MSU -3.5 and
has yet to move from that point. The opening total of 58.5 has
dropped to 56 as of Friday afternoon.
INJURY REPORT: Ohio State – CB Armani Reeves
(Doub-Head) Michigan State – LB Mylan
Hicks (Prob-Arm), DL James Kittredge (Ques, Lower body)
WEATHER REPORT: Rain is expected to fall
throughout the game, but it is not suppose to amount to much.
The game will also be played in cold weather as temperatures
will sit around the 37°F.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “The Buckeyes lost at home
to the Spartans last year, and they have a chance to avenge
that loss this week. The Spartans are still the front-runner to
win the Big-10, and a dark horse playoff contender.” – Covers Expert Jesse Shule
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “The winner is firmly in
the driver’s seat to win the Big Ten and qualify for the
playoff. We opened this game at Michigan State -2 with some
juice. Sharps moved the spread moved to -3.5 within the first
hour, and that’s what we’re currently dealing. The public has
followed as we have around 70 percent of our handle on the home
team. The under has been hammered by both parties as well,
dropping from 63.5 to 56. We’d love to see Ohio State win a
shootout, but as I said before, I think the Sparties come out
on top.” – John Lester, Senior
Lines Manager at Booksmaker.eu
ABOUT OHIO STATE (7-1 SU, 7-1 ATS, 7-1 O/U):
Ezekiel Elliott continues to be No. 1 on the depth chart at
running back for the Buckeyes, but freshman Curtis Samuel has
put his name in the hat as a viable No. 2 option and possibly
more. He didn’t get a carry in a double-overtime win against
Penn State two weeks ago but was handed the ball nine times
last weekend against Illinois and came through with 63 yards
and two touchdowns. J.T. Barrett continues to improve at
quarterback, totaling 20 touchdown passes and three
interceptions in the last six games – all victories.
ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE (7-1 SU, 7-1 ATS, 7-1
O/U): The Spartans did not play last week, which gave
them a few extra days to relish their 35-11 victory against
Michigan on Oct. 25. During the break, quarterback Connor Cook
divulged that he planned to return for his senior year next
season, eliciting a sigh of relief from Michigan State fans.
That’s not such good news for Ohio State, which was torched by
Cook’s 304 passing yards and three touchdowns in last season’s
*Spartans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games.
*Over is 13-3 in Buckeyes last 16 vs. a team with a winning
*Over is 9-1 in Spartans last 10 games overall.
*Road team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 60.76 percent of Covers users
are backing Michigan State with 53.1 percent on the over.